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LEMON BLUEBERRY CAKE/ Double-Duty



Lemons? Blueberries? What’s not to like! This cake combines both those ingredients to make this my new favorite ‘go to’ cake for breakfast or dessert. It also contains buttermilk to bring out the flavor of the cake. But who has buttermilk in the frig? Not me. The same goes for lemons as I do not keep them regularly in my pantry. No problem. For this recipe there are simple substitutions listed below. 


This cake is scrumptious all by itself but the lemon and blueberries make it more flavorful. It is easy to make so no need to save for house guests. It does double-duty as a tasty breakfast cake to accompany morning coffee. (I like to warm a slice in the microwave for 15 seconds and add a pad of butter which enhances the buttery lemon taste), and as an elegant dessert for any dinner party. Drizzle chocolate sauce on a pretty dish, place a slice of cake, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and while you have the chocolate sauce in hand, drizzle some over the cake and ice cream. Now wait for the oohs and aahs!


Lemon Blueberry Cake
2½ cups Flour, plus 2 tbsp
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Butter, softened
1-3/4 cups Sugar
Zest of one Lemon (or 2 Tbsp lemon Juice)
3 Eggs
½ tsp Vanilla
3/4 cup Buttermilk*
2 cups Blueberries
*Buttermilk Substitute: Add 3/4 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice to 3/4 cup of milk.

Grease and flour bundt pan.
Toss Blueberries in 2 tbsp of flour. Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix Flour, Baking Powder and Salt. Set aside.
Cream Butter, Sugar and Lemon. Add Eggs one at a time.
Add dry ingredients alternatively with the Vanilla and Buttermilk. Gently fold in Blueberries.
Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 min.
[This is a variation of the Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake Recipe at Food Network]



Lemon Glaze (optional)
1¾ cups Confectioner’s Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
1 tbsp Lemon Juice

Whisk ingredients together until smooth.
[This is a variation of the Lemon Glaze recipe at Martha Stewart]





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BASEBALL COOKIES/ Play Ball!



I love baseball … and I’m a devoted Nats fan. Leave a comment below with the name of your favorite team. 
In the meantime, did you know ….

The first official baseball team in America was the New York Knickerbockers and their hats were made of straw.

Organized baseball began in the mid-1800s and within a few years became America's favorite game.

The first official baseball game took place in 1845 in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The first pack of baseball cards was sold in 1868.

The first World Series occurred in 1903 and the Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baseball's unofficial anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was written in 1908.

So popular in early 20th century, it was hard to get a ticket to any east coast baseball games.

The 1918 World Series began the tradition of playing the national anthem at baseball games.

The first All-Star Game occurred in 1933.

The first baseball radio broadcast was in 1921 and first televised baseball game was in 1939.

The first night major league game was in May, 1935.

There are 108 stitches on a baseball. The stitches were not always red but red & blue and red & black.

Today one baseball generally lasts through only about seven pitches before it is replaced.

The only time the World Series has not been played was during the 1994 players strike.

No major league baseball player has ever had the middle name of Xavier. My grand nephew may be the first!

Source: Score Big and Sports Book Review



Baseball Cookies
Round Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Toothpicks
AmeriColor Warm Brown Airbrush Color
Airbrush Kit


Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing.
Flood cookie with cream icing.

Pipe two rows of dots in red icing. 

Pull with toothpick to create design. 

Let dry overnight.

Spray brown airbrush color onto edges of cookie. Let dry 30 minutes.



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SEASHELL COOKIES/ Ain't Summer Great!



We wait all winter long for those blistering hot days of summer fun ... backyard barbeques, outdoor concerts, crab feasts, clam bakes, amusement parks, sailing, water skiing, bicycling, fireworks and the best of all … the beach … a time to catch up on reading, dig your toes into the sand, ride the waves, sunbathe and chill under the summer sun.

I hope all of you are having a fabulous summer and these Seashell Cookies stir your favorite summertime memories!


Seashell Cookies
Seashell Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Medium Pink with AmeriColor Super Red and Wilton Brown
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Pale Pink with AmeriColor Super Red and Wilton Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Deep Pink, Warm Brown)
Airbrush Kit

This design was inspired by Amy’s Airbrushed Seashell Cookies at Clough’9 Cookies.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in medium pink icing. Let dry 20 minutes.

Flood cookie with pale pink icing. Let dry 45 minutes.

Pipe lines on cookies with #1.5 tip in medium pink icing. 

Let dry overnight.

Using an airbrush, spray rows of airbrush color onto cookie. 

Let dry 30 minutes.




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